UP CLOSE WITH RED ARROWS DEFENDER AND CAPTAIN, BRONSON CHAMA
This week’s edition of Zamfoot’s Tizibnane features Red Arrows Defender and Captain Mr. Bronson Chama. Mr. Chama started his football career way back in Mufulira, playing for a team called Kaidesai F.C owned by an Indian man. In 2004 he joined Mighty Mufulira Wanderers then playing in division one (1). Then the following year he went on to join Nkana F.C and then a year later moved to Kitwe United Football Club. In 2006 Bronson joined Kabwe Warriors before moving to Red Arrows where he is currently plying his Trade.
Zamfoot: Who inspired you to start playing football?
Bronson: My Dad of course, he used to encourage me a lot and he bought me almost everything I needed with regards to football.
Zamfoot: Growing up….who was your favourite player?
Bronson: Alessandro Nesta of Italy, he was very tough to beat and read the game very well. Locally, my favourite was Moses Sichone, he used to be tough and composed on the ball. I learnt a lot from him.
Zamfoot: Which local coach(s) would you say have had a hand in mentoring you?
Bronson: Well a lot of coaches have had a hand in my career but I can highlight George Lwandamina, Peter Kaumba and Mr Tana (Elijah Tana’s elder brother) I have forgotten his first name. These have had a very big impact on my career.
Zamfoot: Which team has been your toughest opponenent and which player gives you problems in the league?
Bronson: Playing against Power Dynamos is always very difficult and it has always been a challenge facing Moses Phiri (formerly) of Zanaco.
Zamfoot: How many times have you been capped at National Team level?
Bronson: Mmh can’t really count but I have played for both the Under 23 and the Senior National Team for a good number of times (laughs).
Zamfoot: We have seen you still putting in some decent performances for Red Arrows this season, are you still hoping to be back at National Team?
Bronson: Hmmm (sighs), to be honest I feel like I am done with the National Team but if a chance still comes I can consider still playing because National Team is National Duty .(laughs)
Zamfoot: What would you say have been some of your achievements in your career?
Bronson: Well playing against five (5) times World Cup Champions, Brazil and of course winning the 2013 Footballer of the Year as a central defender are some of the major achievements in my career not forgetting winning the COSAFA CASTLE CUP as the captain of the National Team.
Zamfoot: We have seen a number of “good players” being released almost every season at Red Arrows, with the recent ones being the likes of Francis Lusambo and Richard Phiri who have now joined City of Lusaka Football Club. Bronson Chama still remains, is there any secret to that?
Bronson: I think there is no any secret to that. When it comes to such, it is just a matter of time.
Zamfoot: You have been in the game for relatively a long time now, what would be your words of encouragement to upcoming and other young already established footballers?
Bronson: Well in football it is an open secret that self discipline is important both on and off the pitch but most importantly one has to always thank and believe in the lord because he is the one who gave us the talent.
Zamfoot: Well! Mr. Chama thanks for giving us time for this quick chat.
Bronson: Anytime! (Laughs)
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